OMC and the City of West Plains recognized April as Occupational Therapy Month
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Rehabilitation Services and the City of West
Plains recognized April as Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapy
enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them
live better with injury, illness, or disability.
“At OMC Rehabilitation Services, we are very fortunate to have a
staff of certified occupational therapists and certified occupational
therapist assistants that strive to help our patients return to the activities
of daily living,” said Pam Ream, director of OMC Rehabilitation
Services. “Occupational therapy helps people stay active in their
daily routine, whether that is work, or just their everyday activities.”
According to Ream, occupational therapists and therapy assistants focus
on helping patients return to work or activities, which are meaningful
to that individual. This can be accomplished despite their challenges
that they face.
Ream said therapists work with patients to maximize their potential so
that they can thrive at school, work, home or in any setting. Occupational
therapists help people overcome their disabilities or medical conditions
so they can accomplish their everyday tasks. “Our mission is to
work with our patients and help them with the skills they need to live
life to its fullest,” Ream added.
Occupational therapy takes into account a person’s psychological,
physical, emotional and social makeup as well as their environment. The
therapists work with the clients to achieve their goals, function at the
highest possible level, concentrate on what matters most to them, maintain
or rebuild their independence, and participate in daily activities they
need or want to do. Solutions may include: adaptations for how to do a
task, changes to the individual’s surroundings or helping them to
alter their own behaviors.
Ream said occupational therapy can also help with fine motor skills and
visual perception. Occupational therapy can be of assistance to those
who have had a stroke or head injury, or those who have developmental
delays or neurological problems. Specialized occupational therapy is offered
at the Hand Clinic, a clinic dedicated to treating injuries that affect
hand function, which is staffed by a Certified Hand Therapist.
Rehabilitation Services also offers sensory integration testing and therapy
for those people who have problems interpreting and processing information
they receive through their senses. Sensory integration therapy aids in
the behavioral aspects of autism and Asperger's disorder.
In addition to occupational therapy, OMC Rehabilitation Services also offers
physical therapy and speech-language pathology services in the hospital
and at area clinics, schools, and work places, and through Riverways Home
Health of OMC. For more information about OMC Rehabilitation Services
or occupational therapy, call 417-257-5959 or toll-free 888-242-9329 or e-mail
Front row, left to right: Rebecca Williams, Occupational Therapist (OT);
Amy Mueller, OT; Mayor Jack Pahlmann; Tammy Thies, OT; and Angela Anderson, OT.
Back row: Trey George, Certified Occupational Therapist (COTA) Student;
Ann Cisco, COTA; Ashley Schrable, COTA Student; Lori Pendergrass, COTA;
Jerrica Edwards, COTA Student; Rhonda Hollingshad, OT; Rabi Sahoo, OT;
Brian Cote`; OT and Colleen Christensen, COTA Student.